My new go to Sunday brunch chocolate recipe is this Chocolate Toffee Matzah Crunch. You’ll find that it is easy and delicious as well!
4-5 sheets of matzah
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
12 oz. dark chocolate
Preheat over to 350F/175C
Cover a tray with baking paper. Fill the tray with the matzah sheets, breaking them to fill the entire tray.
Melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes constantly stirring. This should dissolve the bits of sugar.
Pour over matzah and spread evenly with a spatula.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it and don’t let it burn.
While the matzah is still hot, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the matzah and let it sit for 5 minutes. Spread the chocolate with a spatula. Then add sea salt or chopped nuts.
Chill for 30 minutes then cut into squares. Serve cold.
Thin Mints and Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookies and since I already have a fast, easy, no-bake, and foolproof Thin Mints recipe, it was time to tackle Samoas.
The textures and flavors are all there in this giant Samoa cookie. Gooey, chewy, sticky, sweet, and wonderful. Dare I say this may even be better than the real thing.
It’s a fast, easy, no-mixer recipe that comes together in minutes and there’s nothing fussy about it. Making individual Samoas cookies is way too labor-intensive and this giant cookie is the opposite.
I made a simple stir-together dough for the crust before topping with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, salted caramel, and a final chocolate drizzle.
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for sprinkling
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in measuring cup (not packed)
two-thirds of one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (about 10 ounces)
4 to 5 ounces salted caramel sauce (use homemade salted caramel or store bought, regular caramel sauce may be substituted)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
- Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
- Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t over mix.
- Turn batter out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until edges firm up slightly and center will have begun to set up a bit. It’s by no means done, but pie will be returned to oven to bake another 25 minutes or so.
- Remove pie dish from oven, and evenly sprinkle 3/4 cup chocolate chips over the crust.
- Evenly sprinkle the coconut.
- Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk (just eyeball it).
- Evenly drizzle the caramel sauce (just eyeball it).
- Return pan to oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until there’s slightly bubbling near the edge of dish and the center has dried out some and looks more set. Cookie pie will firm up more as it cools. In the last 10 minutes of baking, watch it like a hawk because the coconut, caramel, and sweetened condensed milk will all be prone to burning; better to underbake than overbake if you’re unsure.
- Allow pie to cool in dish on a wire rack while you melt the chocolate for drizzling by adding 3/4 cup chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Stop to check and stir and heat in 10-second increments until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
- Using a spoon (or pastry bag or ziptop bag with corner cut off if you want to be fancier but I didn’t bother), evenly drizzle the chocolate in long vertical lines, parallel to each other, spaced about 1/2-inch apart. Pie doesn’t have to be cooled to add the chocolate drizzle.
- Allow pie to continue to cool on wire rack for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before slicing and serving. Don’t slice too early because chocolate drizzle needs to set and interior of pie needs to firm up or you’ll have a literal hot mess. Pie is best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I store it by slicing into small wedges, wrapping each wedge individually in plastic wrap, and putting those in a large zip-top bag.
After a short hiatus, I am happy to be back on my blog with more chocolate, love and travels!
This week I had a nice lunch with a co-worker at Salud de Mesilla in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their “Bailey’s Irish Creme Chocolate Cheesecake” was so delicious that I had to find a comparable recipe. Here is the recipe and some sites from the day.
1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 18 cookies)*
6 tablespoons butter, melted*
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 8 ounce package semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed chocolate wafers, melted butter, and cinnamon; toss gently to mix. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.
3. For filling, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and melted chocolate. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs just until combined. Stir in liqueur, whipping cream or milk, and vanilla.
4. Pour filling into the crust-lined pan. Place springform pan in shallow baking pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.
5. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen from side of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove side of springform pan. Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. Makes 16 servings.
These secret kiss cookies blow my mind, especially if you love chocolate as much as I do. What makes them a secret you ask? A little something in the middle of each cookie…a Hershey’s kiss! The best part about these cookies, aside from how tasty and addictive they are, is how ridiculously adorable they are once you cut into them. Let them cool completely, then take the first bite and see that classic chocolate silhouette… or eat them when they’re still warm and gooey – there’s no wrong way to enjoy these bad boys!
36 hershey’s chocolate kisses, wrappers removed
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar, as needed
1. Preheat oven to 375º F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy and lightened in color 3-4 minutes.
3. Gradually beat in flour, walnuts and salt, until everything is fully incorporated.
4. Cover dough and place in refrigerator to chill, 1-2 hours.
5. Once dough is firm and holds its shape, use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to measure out roughly 1 tablespoon of dough. Wrap dough carefully around 1 chocolate kiss, making sure to cover it completely.
6. Transfer cookie to lined baking sheet, then repeat with remaining dough and chocolates.
7. Once ready, place cookies in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies have just set.
8. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes, then roll cookies in powdered sugar.
9. Let cool and enjoy!
These easy little Mexican Spiced Dark Chocolate Tarts are one of my favorite new desserts to make! They literally come together in under 10 minutes and are sure to please a crowd. You can use dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate or whatever you would like! Just whip up a simple ganache, spice it with some cinnamon, chili and cayenne, and then use it to fill these simple phyllo shells and top with whipped cream. Super simple, but so charming and decadent that your friends will think they are très gourmet. Enjoy!
4 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. chili powder
pinch of cayenne
15 mini phyllo (fillo) shells
1. Heat the dark chocolate and heavy cream together in a microwave or double boiler until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne until combined.
2. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into each mini phyllo cup. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Just before serving, use a piping bag or a spoon to top each phyllo cup with a dallop of whipped cream.
When you daydream of silky, rich, chocolate pie you’re definitely thinking of Dad’s famous, Truffle Pie with Amaretto Cream. Store leftover pie, covered, in refrigerator. Wait…. what leftover pie? Start with refrigerated pie crusts to make prep for this pie a breeze. Slivered almonds mixed into the batter give each sweet bite a crunch.
1/2 (14.1-oz.) pkg. refrigerated piecrusts
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (6 oz.) bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (4 oz.) salted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 ounces (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
1 cup toasted slivered almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie pan; fold edges under, and crimp. Line piecrust with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and fill to rim with pie weights or dried beans. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes. Remove weights and foil, and bake until bottom is lightly browned, 10 to 12 more minutes. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack while preparing filling.
2. Microwave semisweet and bittersweet chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) until melted and smooth, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring at 30-second intervals. Cool 15 minutes.
3. Beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate, vanilla extract, and almond extract; stir in flour and toasted almonds. Spread mixture evenly in pastry shell.
4. Bake in preheated oven until set, 30 to 35 minutes, covering edges last 10 minutes to prevent over browning, if needed. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Chill 1 hour. Serve with Amaretto Cream. Store leftover pie, covered, in refrigerator.